Sylas the Great

Just finished a visit to L’Anse Aux Meadows – what a fantastic experience!

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We’re connected once again – it’s picture time!

We’re on the northern tip of Newfoundland, right by the sea, and whaddya know? I have a signal!

My Good little camper at the Gros Morne site before the storm:

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Taking in the view from the top of Berry Hill:

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Catching a lift on Derek on the way to Western Brook Pond:

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Inside Western Brook Pond – This place was seriously windy:

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Sylas on the edge of Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park:

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The “Adults” all tarped out and ready for the rain… still oblivious to the storm that was coming for us:Image

The Next morning at the camp site:

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After packing up our soaked tents and tarp, we had breakfast at the Treasure Box. There we met Margaret, the proprietor of Alderbed Cottages in Rocky Harbour. Margaret gave us an awesome rate on a beautiful cottage with a bedroom and loft. We had hot showers and some pizza in the oven. Oh did it feel good to sleep in a bed while Mother Nature unleashed her fury outside.

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With so much rain, we grew tired of seeking shelter in Rocky Harbour, so we headed north. Once outside of Gros Morne, we came across Arches Provincial Park. An awesome place that would offer some good bouldering if it had been drier and the ocean calmer.

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Later that evening, we arrived in St. Anthony, at the top of Newfoundland. We settled down in a new campsite and watched the sun set:

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The next morning, some breakfast, some packing and Sylas was ready to go, our first order of business was to climb to the top of Fishing Point. What an awesome view!

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Then Derek wanted to get a closer look at the wild waters:

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He got soaked. Now we’re sitting by the road, drying and cooking up our next adventures. Stay Tuned!

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So far behind

Hello everyone. We’re still in Newfoundland, but it seems that the farther you go North, the harder it is to share what we’re doing!

Right now, we have just arrived in St Anthony, we got a campsite just outside of town that’s relatively dry and we’re looking forward to a week of sunshine. We hope to go see L’Anse Aux Meadows and take a whale watching tour. If time permits, we may even venture into Labrador.

Stay Tuned!

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Newfoundland is really big!

 

Wow, the internet is hard to come by out here! Cell phone coverage isn’t easier either.

Sylas rocked the boat on the way over:

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We showed up a little late, so we set up camp in the dark and woke up to this:ImageSylas and Graham took advantage of the opportunity to take a walk:

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Then it was on towards Gros Morne. We didn’t make it very far into the park before we found this awesome little waterfront. The boys decided it would be the perfect opportunity to go for a swim.

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We eventually dried off, and headed to Berry Hill to set up our campsite for the next few nights.

Sunday was our first full day in Gros Morne and we woke up to high winds (50-80km/h), we didnt feel much since we were surrounded by trees that did a great job of cutting the wind for us. Once we got away from the protection though, we sure felt it.

We wandered into town to get our tickets for the Bon Tours boat tour of Western Brook Pond.

The wifi is pretty bad today, so I’ll put more pictures when I can get a better connection. The views of the Pond and the town of Rocky Harbour will be worth the wait 🙂

 

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C’mon in, the water is fine

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We’re in the middle of the ocean

Well not quite, more like the middle of the Cabot straight. Sure gets windy out here!

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The waiting game sucks

Welcome to Marine Atlantic’s North Sydney Terminal. Make yourself comfortable as your sailing will be delayed by at least 12 hours.

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Stuck in Sydney

Thursday was a pretty weird day. We packed up in Summerside, and made our way off the Island. After paying the $44.25 exit fee to take the 13km bridge back to New Brunswick, we had some serious time to kill. I finally convinced Graham to let us go to a Starbucks, which happened to have an amusement park right next door – Sylas couldn’t have been more thrilled. 

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We were somewhere outside Antigonish when the e-mail came through. Due to sea conditions in the Cabot Straight, our sailing to Port Aux Basques had been cancelled. Cancelled?! How/When are we supposed to get to Newfoundland then? I called Marine Atlantic, and they had no idea what I was talking about. So we continued driving, and kept driving. Just outside of Sydney, we got another e-mail. We were to sail out on Friday morning. 

I frantically called around to find a cheap place to stay. The winds and the rain were coming down hard and I’m too much of a princess to spend a night like that in a tent. Motels were too expensive and most cabins were full. Eventually we got lucky though, a little campground in North Sydney had one cabin left, it was small but we could make it work.

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We are now in the waiting area to board the MV Blue Puttees, its running late, as usual we’re told. Hopefully we’ll be able to board soon!

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One awesome coffee

We started with a plan to hang out at Starbucks until Derek landed. It turns out that the only one we could find is adjacent to the “Crystal Palace”, an indoor amusement park.

The place is just empty with all the kids back in school so we basically have a staff member who follows us around and opens up the rides for us.

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What you missed yesterday, a fox and a lot of rain

Here are the pictures that got left out yesterday because my connection sucked and the rain started. Mostly pictures of the beaches in Prince Edward Island National Park on the North Shore. Sylas loved building sandcastles, then crushing them. He also found it pretty funny walking out a few feet into the water and “falling” into the waves to scare mommy, little rascal.

Like I mentioned yesterday, we went back in the evening to catch the sunset and fly a kite, but no wind.

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Today we drove the the North and West coasts of PEI. The forecast had said that the rain would start around 9am, so we woke up at 7, packed up and hit the road by 8, and sure enough, within 5 minutes it started to pour.

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Tomorrow we can sleep in, no need to pack up, and mosey on over to Moncton to pick up Derek as he will be joining us for the rest of our trip through Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Quebec. Can’t wait!

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